Running Man, a "music-theatre work" exploring African-American family dynamics, sets off on its off-off-Broadway journey at HERE Arts Center Feb. 24, directed by Diane Paulus.
Poet Cornelius Eady and jazz composer Diedre Murray's collaboration began previews Feb. 16 at HERE, the multiple-venue facility at 145 Avenue of the Americas in Greenwich Village. It continues to March 14.
Running Man is the second installment of a trilogy by Eady and Murray following You Don't Miss The Water, presented by Music Theatre Group and Vineyard Theatre in 1997. Music-Theatre Group is also producing Running Man.
This latest piece explores the complex relationship of an African-American family in which a son becomes caught between his mother's love and his father's scorn. The creators are examining why and how a promising African-American man becomes "derailed from the road to success into a life characterized by sex and drugs," according to production notes.
Poet Eady, author of "You Don't Miss Your Water," "The Gathering of My Name" and "The Latest Dance Craze," recently received the Lamont Prize from the American Academy of Poets. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his poetry. He and Murray have been working together for four years on various projects. Composer Murray gained a reputation for her work with various vocal and instrumental ensembles including the Diedre Murray/Fred Hopkins Quartet and Unstrung, an improvisational string quartet with drums.
Director Paulus, an artistic director of the New York International Fringe Festival, previously directed The Donkey Show, Frankenweiner and A Trip to the Moon for Project 400 Theatre Group.
Designers are Myung Hee Cho (scenic), John Lasiter (lighting) and Christianne Myers (costume).
The cast of Running Man includes Darius de Haas, previously seen in Public Theatre's Saturn Returns: A Concert, Ronell Bey, Roberta Gumbel, Kimberly JaJuan and Robert Jason Jackson, who performed in Eady and Murray's You Don't Miss the Water.
For ($20) ticket information, call the HERE box office at (212) 647 0202.
-- By Becki Heller